The name is bok lahong kdam prey, or papaya salad with salty crab, is the Khmer version of papaya salad. It’s a very simple and mouth-watering appetizer, sweet and sour, depending on your preference, can be hot and spicy. Of course, I love mine hot and spicy!
The salty crab (khdam prey) is added along dried shrimps, shrimp paste, sugar, lime juice, and other herbs and spices, and pounded in the mortar and pestle. It is a quick and simple appetizer, or can be also paired with main dish like Khmer sausage or any grilled meat for that matter. I just love the riot of sweet-sour-spicy flavours plus the crunchy texture from peanuts, cucumber, (raw) string beans, and of course, papaya (lahong).